Coast Guard honors Joseph L. Block crew for aiding in rescue

The U.S. Coast Guard presented an award to the Captain and crew of the vessel Joseph L. Block in Sturgeon Bay Saturday, March 12.

The award recipients were recognized for their actions Aug. 24, 2015 when, aboard the motor vessel Joseph L. Block, they responded to an urgent distress call and rescued a boater out of Lake Michigan after the boater’s 28-foot vessel began to sink 10 miles from Port Washington, Wisconsin.

The U.S. Coast Guard presented an award to the Captain and crew of the vessel Joseph L. Block in Sturgeon Bay Saturday, March 12.

The award recipients were recognized for their actions Aug. 24, 2015 when, aboard the motor vessel Joseph L. Block, they responded to an urgent distress call and rescued a boater out of Lake Michigan after the boater’s 28-foot vessel began to sink 10 miles from Port Washington, Wisconsin.

The 728-foot ship, owned by Central Marine Logistics, was underway in the area and quickly diverted to assist. The crew located the sinking vessel and found the man in the water wearing a life jacket and waving his arms. The crew members reacted quickly, threw heaving lines and hoisted him safely onto their ship. From there, boat crews from U.S. Coast Guard Station Sheboygan, Wisconsin and Ozaukee County Marine Unit took him to Port Washington Municipal Marina for medical evaluation.

The Dobbins Award is named after Capt. David P. Dobbins, who was appointed the first superintendent of the U.S. Lifesaving Service of the Great Lakes in 1876. He distinguished himself by performing and organizing numerous heroic rescues during his career. In memory of his heritage, initiative and dedication, the award is presented to individuals who perform distinguished search and rescue acts on the Great Lakes.

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